Google looks to grow European wind portfolio

EUROPE: Google is actively looking a buy into European wind projects, in Scandanavia and elsewhere, to help power its data centres.

Speaking to Windpower Monthly, Google director of infrastructure Francois Sterin said the company was looking at power purchase agreements and project ownership in Europe.

In recent years, Google has ploughed close to $1 billion in to wind and renewables projects. However the vast majority of these have been in the US.

Asked about growth plans, Paris-based Sterin said there were more acquistions to come in Europe to fit alongside American deals.

He said: "In Europe we'll focus on doing more of the Scandanavia-type projects, where the projects will be for the benefit of our data supply."

Last June Google agreed to buy the energy from its first European project, a 72MW wind farm in Sweden, to power its Finnish data centre. It added four more projects in Sweden this January, worth 59MW.

Sterrin added Google was open to project ownership as well as power purchase agreements. "We're not married to Sweden, although we've done two deals there, we're open to all geographies," he added.

"We are looking to add new projects. We don't want to look at an existing one but to help a new project to materialise."

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